After my abysmal experience with my desktop computer, I almost decided not to upgrade the laptop. It has preformed like a champ on 10.04 LTS for a couple of years now. However, I decided to give it a shot since it doesn’t have an nVidia graphics system in it. The laptop is far from state of the art. It’s an older Dell Inspiron 1545 with an Intel Core 2 Duo T6400, 3 GB DDR2 SDRAM, and Intel Grpahics Media Accelerator X4500HD video. It originally came with Ubuntu 9.04 preloaded.
I had to reset the System Update application to show normal upgrades. Setting it to Long Term Support upgrades did not produce a listing for Precise 12.04 LTS, so I had to go through all the intermediate upgrades – 10.10, 11.04, 11.10, and finally 12.04 – individually.
Going through all the upgrades took about 3.5 hours, but went very smoothly. The laptop had a simple setup. The individual upgrades each ran with only a single intervention for one question. I’m sure that the extremely basic Compiz setup helped.
At the end of four successive version upgrades, I had an up-to-date Ubuntu Precise 12.04 LTS system that worked perfectly, with not a single hassle getting there. Performance is very snappy on the older hardware. Kudos to Canonical and the Ubuntu team.